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Tet 1968

Understanding the Surprise, 1st Edition

By Captain Ronnie E. Ford


240 pages

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This book brings to light many aspects of the Tet offensive of 1968, an event acknowledged as the turning-point of the Vietnam War. Using previously unseen Communist Vietnamese documents combined with sources of Western origin, the author provides a more accurate version of the events, their significance, and reveals the crucial role played by US intelligence.

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One would think that a great power would devote itself to intensive study of the only war in history that it ever lost. Instead, in my opinion, our military educational institutions hardly mention Vietnam. We prefer to study wars that fit our own peculiar paradigm, one that our enemies will not agree to follow. To succeed in international affairs in this post-Cold War world, we must understand how our enemies use our strength against us, making it irrelevant and defeating us in battles we do not even know are being fought. Fords book is one source of information useful to that goal." John B Hunt, US Army Command and General Staff College

The Journal of Strategic Studies- "The book is well researched and thickly footnoted. It is easily readable…a useful book on an event that merits further study."

War in History- "..impressive and concentrated study of the Tet Offensive of 1968. Deservedly praiseworthy study."

Infantry- " an intriguing work that raises important questions and wet our appetite for further opening opening of the records on important subjects"

Intelligence and National Security- " The practitioner and scholar of intelligence and national security affairs will find much of interest in Ronnie Ford"s book.

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security